2.04.2009

Surprise, Surprise! Pesticides Toxic to Honeybees Found in Pollen

A new report from researchers at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has found 37 different types of pesticides in the pollen collected by honeybees in several sites in Connecticut. The research took place in 2007 and is now available in summarized form as a PowerPoint document.

The researchers found the following in the pollen samples they collected from the bee hives:

  • 15 different insecticides and acaricides (acaricides—a.k.a. "miticides" are used to treat Varroa mite)...
  • 11 fungicides...
  • 10 herbicides...
  • 1 plant-growth regulator...
& (sing it with me!) a profoundly poisoned partridge in a pear tree.

The researchers state that "...insecticides highly toxic to honeybees are...found in pollen frequently or at high levels." As we used to say back in the 1970s, gag me with a spoon.

And while we're on the unpleasant and urgent topic of how we're screwing our precious honeybees with our overuse of pesticides and what-all, check out this undated document entitled, Protecting Honeybees from Pesticide Poisoning.

1 comment:

C.M. Mayo (Madam Mayo blog) said...

Thanks for posting this. Alas, everytime I open a jar honey I wonder, what really is in this?